The Washington Redskins have been all over the news today and now they have finally decided to make a statement. According to Bob Raskopf, the trademark attorney for the team, they will appeal.
“We’ve seen this story before. And just like last time, today’s ruling will have no effect at all on the team’s ownership of and right to use the Redskins name and logo. We are confident we will prevail once again, and that the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board’s divided ruling will be overturned on appeal. This case is no different than an earlier case, (1999 trademark appeal) where the Board cancelled the Redskins’ trademark registrations, and where a federal district court disagreed and reversed the Board.”
That might be all well and fine but the uproar over political correctness and the complaints are much louder this time around.
“We decide, based on the evidence properly before us, that these registrations must be canceled because they were disparaging to Native Americans at the respective times they were registered,” the opinion (from the patent office) says.
This is a small victory in the overall scheme of things thus far for the Native Americans fighting for a name and consequently a logo change. Earlier today one of the members of the filing team had this to say regarding todays’ ruling.
“I am extremely happy that the TTAB ruled in our favor,” named petitioner Amanda Blackhorse said in a statement. “It is a great victory for Native Americans and for all Americans.”
The Redskins are confident that an appeal will end in their favor and until such time as the formal appeal is made and a decision is rendered on that appeal, nothing is likely to move forward regarding any name changes or discussion of name changes by the team and it’s owner Dan Snyder.